The Killing Fields Memories of Cambodia

I hope my readers won’t weary of this series of blogs on Cambodia just yet. I’d like to share a few pictures about the memory of the “killing fields”: memories Cambodians live with. From the time the US armed forces pulled out of Vietnam in 1975, to about 1979, there was a great turmoil in Cambodia. A radically Marxist group called the Khmer Rouge (Red Khmer) took over after overthrowing the Lon Nol government that was US supported. The Khmer Rouge were led by a man named “Pol Pot”, also known ironically as “Brother Number One.” He drove the intellectuals and management-business class from the capital city (“everyone who wore glasses”) calling them parasites and insisting that they do real work—-raising rice. His regime tortured and killed an estimated one million people in the space of a few years. Here are some photos of the high school, Tuol Seng, that was used for torture and of the torture-burial ground called the killing field. Ironically, these are a couple of the primary tourist attractions of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Femur Bones From the Mass Graves in the Killing Field

Femur Bones From the Mass Graves in the Killing Field

Mass Grave of Killing Field

Mass Grave of Killing Field

Killing Field Memorial Sign

Killing Field Memorial Sign

Tuol Seng Prison

Tuol Seng Prison

Tuol Seng Prison

Tuol Seng Prison

Tuol Seng Tormentors

Tuol Seng Tormentors


Wall of Remembrance of Some of Those Who Died in Tuol Seng

Wall of Remembrance of Some of Those Who Died in Tuol Seng

Pastor & Wife Today: She taught 4th Grade, The Max Grade allowed by Pol Pot.  He fought on Lon Nol's side.  Now they live in Christ.

Pastor & Wife Today: She taught 4th Grade, The Max Grade allowed by Pol Pot. He fought on Lon Nol’s side. Now they live in Christ.

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